Sept. 7, 2007
Complete Game Notes
OPENING KICK:The University of Cincinnati women's soccer team travels to Ann Arbor, Mich. to take on Michigan on Friday, Sept. 7. UC looks to stay unbeaten on the young season after a win against Xavier and a tie against Miami (Ohio) on its opening weekend of play.
Head coach Meridy Glenn picked up her 250th career victory on Aug. 31 in UC's 2-1 double overtime win against Xavier. She is 16th all-time in wins among Division I women's soccer coaches and holds a 250-174-38 mark.
The Bearcats finished the 2006 season with a 7-9-2 overall record and a 3-7-1 mark in BIG EAST play.
UC was picked to finish seventh in the National Division in the BIG EAST preseason coaches poll.
CINCINNATI 2, XAVIER 1 (2OT)
Head coach Meridy Glenn opened her 25th season on the Bearcats sidelines with an emotional, 2-1 double-overtime victory against crosstown rival Xavier on Aug. 31 to earn the 250th win of her career.
At halftime, UC honored alum Vanessa Antrobus Quinn, who played under Glenn from 1996-99 and was a victim of the Trolley Square Shopping Mall shootings in February. Glenn left the pitch at the half as the ceremony started and fought back tears as she talked to her team in the locker room.
Glenn is 16th in wins all-time among Division I women's soccer coaches and holds a 250-174-37 overall mark in her 25th year.
Junior Lindsey Noteboom was the hero for the Bearcats, scoring in the 109th minute. After a Heather Neiser throw-in, the ball was flicked toward goal by late sub Vanessa Hardin. Erin MacDonald volleyed a shot from inside the six-yard box that was saved by Xavier keeper Kelly Farrell. The rebound bounced in front and Noteboom poked home the winner, setting off a jubilant celebration on the UC sideline that saw Glenn get doused with Gatorade.
The first half saw fluid play from both sides, but few real scoring opportunities. In the second half, play opened up and Xavier struck first. In the 77th minute, Xavier's Brittany Green played a free kick into the box. The ball found its way to an open Jillian Chuck just outside the box on the right side. Chuck set herself and lofted a erfect shot to the far post just out of the reach of a leaping Andrea Kaminski.
With time running out, a Bearcat freshman leveled the match. In the 89th minute Logan Ballinger gathered in a loose ball just inside the area and drilled a left-footed rocket to the far post to knot the score at one apiece.
Kaminski, who started all 18 matches as a freshman in 2006, made seven saves while XU's Farrell made six.
CINCINNATI 1, MIAMI (OH) 1 (2OT)
UC remained undefeated on the young 2007 season with a 1-1 draw against local rival Miami (OH) on Sept. 2 at Gettler Stadium.
Two days over a hard-fought, emotional 2-1 double-overtime win against crosstown rival Xavier, the Bearcats played 110 minutes on the steamy pitch.
Sophomore Melissa Bigg scored her first career career goal in the 31st minute to give UC a 1-0 lead. Classmate Heather Neiser served a free kick into the box, which found the foot of fellow sophomore Erin MacDonald. MacDonald played the ball through to a streaking Bigg, who beat Miami keeper Krista Pace for her first tally.
Miami pulled even in the 55th minute when Julie Thompson lofted a shot over UC keeper Andrea Kaminski. After taking a pass from Elsen Courtney, Thompson pulled Kaminski out of her net and chipped her shot over the UC sophomore to knot the score at 1-1.
The Bearcats and RedHawks played a pair of scoreless overtime frames. Kaminski made four saves for UC, while her counterpart, Pace, made six for the RedHawks.
STRONG START FOR FRESHMEN:
Cincinnati freshmen Logan Ballinger and Kendall Loggins have started each of the first two matches of 2007, making an immediate impact. Ballinger scored her first career goal in the 89th minute against Xavier, knotting the score and sending the match into overtime. Loggins leads the Bearcats with eight shots through two matches and picked up an assist on Melissa Bigg's goal against Miami (OH). Venessa Hardin, Emily Hebbeler, Camille Royer and Shauna Smith have each seen action early in 2007, with Hardin assisting on the game winner against Xavier.
The Bearcats return home to take on the Dayton Flyers on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in Gettler Stadium.